Moneyed Few - The Top 10: 1. Mansa Musa I of Mali (1280-1337) <b>$400bn</b>

Forget Bill Gates, the richest man in history lived in Mali... 700 years ago

He was a despot who ruled swathes of West Africa and made a fortune from salt and gold. Now, Mansa Musa I has been named the wealthiest (inflation adjusted) man of all time

Gary Barlow 'gutted' as his second act Melanie Masson axed from X Factor

Gary Barlow has expressed his bewilderment after another of his acts was axed from The X Factor last night.

Wonga have a shirt sponsorship deal with Blackpool

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Newcastle United's £24m shirt sponsorship deal with Wonga.com was engulfed in fresh controversy last night when the club's Muslim players were warned that wearing the new shirts would infringe Sharia law.

<b>17 September 2012</b><br/>	Newcastle players celebrate Demba Ba’s last minute equaliser as they drew 2-2 with Everton in a thrilling encounter.

Newcastle stadium name returns to St James' Park after four-year sponsorship deal with wonga.com is struck

Newcastle will play their home games at St James' Park once again after payday loans company wonga.com snapped up the naming rights to the stadium.

Led by the nose: Jean-Claude
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The Diary of a Nose, By Jean-Claude Ellena, trans. Adriana Hunter

This fascinating chronicle of perfumery takes readers on a creative journey of odours

Tom Cruise tops the Forbes list, earning $75m in the past year

A Few Good Naan? Tom Cruise goes for a curry in St Albans

Mission Impossible star, thought be worth £160 million, visits restaurant for a 'quiet evening meal'

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and Michelle Obama, the American first lady

Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton top list of women who broke through the glass ceiling

Only handful of Britons in Forbes' list of 100 most powerful women

A view of Old Trafford

American billionaire George Soros buys stake in Manchester United

Crashing out of Europe can mean very different things to different people. Manchester United's early exit last year from the Champions League spelled a big hit to revenue and pride. George Soros, in contrast, made his name, and perhaps a billion pounds, when his Quantum fund bet that Britain would have to leave the European Exchange-Rate Mechanism in 1992. The octogenarian financier has now turned his attention to the Premier League giants. That could help lift investor sentiment about the recently floated Red Devils.

Women gain on men in Forbes list of top earning authors

With yearly estimated earnings of more than $90 million, prolific writer James Patterson is by far the highest earning author in the world but women are gaining ground, according to Forbes.com.

There are many in Jamaica who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE - Jamaica's first Olympic gold medallist

Hubbard's Cupboard: Wint would give Jamaica's sprint king a run for his money

You may think Usain Bolt is the best thing to come out of Jamaica since rum and reggae, but there are many in his homeland who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE.

Adele was named songwriter of the year and said she had her critics to thank

Adele among under-30s top earners

Someone Like You star Adele has made it into another exclusive chart - a top 10 of the highest-paid celebrities under the age of 30.

What a scream: Munch painted four versions of his best-known painting. One sold at auction last month for £74m

American billionaire named as mystery buyer of 'The Scream'

American billionaire Leon Black is the mystery buyer who paid a record $120m (£74m) for Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" at Sotheby's in May, the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.

Tom Cruise tops the Forbes list, earning $75m in the past year

Let the divorce row begin... Tom Cruise tops Hollywood's rich list with $75m

His marriage is over, his 50th birthday party cancelled, but there's still some good news for Tom

Tom Cruise tops the Forbes list, earning $75m in the past year

Cruise outstrips top movie earners with $75m 'stellar' year

The stakes in Tom Cruise's increasingly ugly divorce battle were raised further yesterday with news that the actor can once more claim to be Hollywood's best-paid star, earning an estimated $75m (£50m) in the past year.

Tiger Woods toppled from top of Forbes' sports personality rich list, with David Beckham among top ten

It took Floyd Mayweather less than an hour to earn his place as the world’s best-rewarded sportsman.

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